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Oregon fire containment dates still weeks away

Fire burning in heavy timber and large downed wood on the Jones Fire. (InciWeb)

OREGON - More than 20 total wildfires currently are burning throughout the state of Oregon, causing a cloud of smoke to hover across the landscape.

More than 330,000 acres are currently burning, and many of the wildfires won't be contained until late September or October.

On Tuesday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown thanked all of the firefighters for their efforts, and said she's allocated every resource possible to fighting fires in central and southern Oregon.

"I recently called up an additional 125 National Guard men and women, so we are doing everything we can," said Governor Brown. "Obviously with what's happening in Houston, it is spreading emergency management resources at the federal level very thin."

Governor Brown also said that the state is keeping a close eye on evacuations and changes in weather as the wildfires continue to burn.

The largest of the fires in Oregon right now is the Chetco Bar Fire, located just north of Brookings.

Several residents in the town have been forced to evacuate, and seven homes have been destroyed.

Right now the blaze has reached more than 117,000 acres, which is larger than the size of Portland. It remains zero percent contained.

To date, the fire has cost an estimated $16.3 million to fight, and there is not estimated date for containment.

If you travel northeast of Brookings, you'll find the Milli Fire, located nine miles west of Sisters, OR.

Fire officials say they made progress over the weekend by completing burnout operations, but the fire has still forced part of Highway 242 to close.

As of now, the fire has reached 21,000 acres and is 32 percent contained. Full containment is anticipated to be reached by October 1.

Closer to Eugene, the Jones Fire is burning just 10 miles north of Lowell.

Sparked on August 10 by a lightening strike, the Jones fire has filled the Lowell area with smoke and forced several trails and camping areas to shut down.

Right now it has burned almost 6,000 acres and stands at 35 percent containment.

Officials estimate it will be completely contained by the end of September.

Other Fires in Oregon

Whitewater Fire

A commercial jet spotted smoke from the Whitewater Fire in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness July 23. Fire managers believe a lightning strike in June smoldered in obscurity before the right combination of hot, dry, windy weather fanned the flames. The fire has burned over 10,000 acres as of late August. Firfighters don't expect the fire to be contained until the end of October.

Rebel Fire

The cause of the Rebel Fire burning along the South Fork of the McKenzie River is not known. The fire was reported August 4. It has burned over 3,000 acres and is 17 percent contained. Full containment anticipated by the end of September. Cost to fight: $3.6 million as of August 28.

Staley Fire

A lightning strike August 9 sparked the Staley Fire south of Oakridge. The fire has burned 1,272 acres and is 44 percent. Full containment is projected for September 15. Cost to fight: $4.4 million as of August 28.

Umpqua North Complex

The result of widespread lightning August 9, the largest of the fires in the Umpqua North Complex - the 12,000-acre Happy Dog/Ragged Ridge Fire - forced the closure of Highway 138E and the evacuation of the Dry Creek area. All told, the fires have burned more than 18,000 acres and are 7 percent contained. Full containment anticipated September 30. Cost: $13.4 million as of August 28.

Miller Complex

This cluster of fires on the Oregon/California border started with lightning August 14. To date, they've burned 9,620 acres. Containment is estimated at 48 percent.

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